Angry residents blocked the Abuja-Kaduna highway over persistent attacks by bandits in their communities.
It was gathered that a 13-year-old girl was killed by bandits on Friday night, June 18, and this infuriated the villagers.
They then stormed the Abuja-Kaduna highway to protest.
The protesters, from Anguwar Magaji, comprised mostly of youths and women, some of whom were half naked.
They came out as early as 7.30am to block the road, making it impossible for travellers to continue their journey.
It was gathered also that the bandits stormed the house of their Village Head and abducted his family as well as other persons in the community.
A resident, Bala Johanna, told Tribune that because of the fear of attacks, residents in the area cannot go their farms.
He said: “The most annoying is they followed us to our houses and collect ransom from us.”
He continued: “They killed a 13-year-old girl, a security man in the village as well as abducted other residents including the family of the village head.”
“Some of the women are half-naked. The soldiers were just begging them to leave the road but the men cheered them on from the roadside.”
A couple of days prior to the murder of the 13-year-old girl, residents of Sabon Gaya, one of the communities in Chikun LGA, Kaduna, that suffered attacks near the NYSC camp along the highway, cried over the massive exodus from the area due to incessant attacks and abductions by the bandit.
A local has lamented over the absence of security, alleging that bandits had gone from house to house and abducted a Yoruba trader with her children after which they went away with a woman and her newlywed daughter.
“The bandits wanted to abduct the newlywed daughter but the women resisted, insisting she was her only child and will not bear the brunt of losing her.So the bandits went with both mother and her daughter,” the resident said.
Below is a video of the demonstration by residents.
Chrissy Teigen has said ‘we are all more than our worst moments’ as she shared a lengthy apology amid her cyber-bullying scandal.
The model previously apologised to reality TV star Courtney Stodden for past mean messages she sent to them online, and has now shared a wider message, saying she has ‘grown so much’.
In a post on Medium, the mum-of-two, said she is privately reaching out to other people she has targeted on social media.
‘It’s like my own version of that show My Name is Earl! I understand that they may not want to speak to me. I don’t think I’d like to speak to me. (The real truth in all of this is how much I actually cannot take confrontation.) But if they do, I am here and I will listen to what they have to say, while apologizing through sobs,’ she said.
The Lip Sync Battle star admitted there is ‘no excuse for my past horrible tweets’ and ‘I was a troll, full stop. And I am so sorry.’
Chrissy, who is married to singer John Legend, felt she was ‘insecure, immature and in a world where I thought I needed to impress strangers to be accepted’ when she sent the trolling messages online, which now make her ‘cringe to my core’.
She wrote: ‘I wasn’t just attacking some random avatar, but hurting young women — some who were still girls — who had feelings.
‘How could I not stop and think of that? Why did I think there was some invisible psycho-celebrity formula that prevents anyone with more followers from experiencing pain? How did I not realise my words were cruel? What gave me the right to say these things?’
The TV star vowed to ‘keep working to be the best version of myself for EVERYONE.’
‘I truly love that social media has connected me to so many of you. We’ve shared so much, I’ve learned so much, I’ve grown so much, and I love what you have meant to me.
I have so much love to give if you are open and willing to accept it. And if not, that’s okay too. That’s something I work on being more okay with every day,’ Chrissy said.
‘I know I let you down, but I hope I can make you proud. It’s been a heavy few weeks, so I’m going to take some more time to focus on things that are most important — being with my family and taking care of myself. We are all more than our worst moments. I won’t ask for your forgiveness, only your patience and tolerance. I ask that you allow me, as I promise to allow you, to own past mistakes and be given the opportunity to seek self improvement and change.’
She finished off: ‘Phew. A lot, I know. Thanks for listening.’
Chrissy had previously quit Twitter in May amid the scandal and stepped down from Netflix comedy series Never Have I Ever.Photo Credit: Getty
Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari should stop exuding false confidence and speak like a leader who is ready to take action concerning the country’s challenges.
Recall that President Buhari on three seperate occasions last week, two recorded interviews and a national broadcast spoke on challenges facing the country, stating that his administration is committed to ensuring growth and improved security.
While speaking on News Day on Monday, Soyinka said the problems of the country can be addressed with the right actions by the leaders. According to him, Nigeria is on the “edge”, and Buhari needs to move beyond mere talk, and take urgent action to set the country on the right path.
“First of all, he should start talking to people like a leader – and a leader who is awake to the realities of the situation. Then, let us see actions being taken,” he said.
“I’m tired of hearing things like ‘you will see differences in a few weeks’ time’. We are tired of that. He’s got to put his cards on the table and take people into confidence.
“He’s got to stop exuding a false confidence, because that kind of confidence is totally false. It is not based on realities, and we’ve got to see an acceleration of actions to retrieve this nation from the very edge.
“It is no longer a problem of the people,; it is a problem of leadership, because the people have shown themselves ready to act, to save their own community.”
Soyinka also said the national assembly and the 36 state governors are not doing much, considering their constitutional responsibilities.
“Members of NASS are not doing enough. If you study the constitution very carefully, you will realise that they have certain powers which they haven’t touched,” he said.
“There are certain areas they can compel this government to act the way it should, and that applies especially to governors – the governors themselves are too timid.”
He warned Nigerians to stop spreading fake news, stressing that it is a way of distorting constructive narratives that can help the people.
“I appeal to people to stop putting words in my mouth. If you think you can pressure me to speak by stealing my identity and putting words in my mouth on social media, you are wasting your time. Not only that, you are acting in a distorting way,” he said.
“At this sensitive time, I must warn Nigerians to stop playing around with such serious issues, otherwise they are going to lose the kind of support they have from people like me.”Photo Credit: Getty
Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday reacted to the Federal Government’s ban on Twitter lamenting that it will further worsen and increase the unemployment rate in the country.
The governors disclosed this in a communique jointly issued at end of the meeting held in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
“The meeting examined the suspension of Twitter from operating in Nigeria and condemned the personalised reasons given for the action. The mere ego of Mr. President is not enough for such a drastic action that deprives millions of Nigerians of such an affordable means of expression and communication. We hope that this is not a harbinger or early warning signs of descent into dictatorship.
“This will further worsen Nigeria’s 33% unemployment rate which is the highest in the world, improve Nigeria’s ranking as the country with the second-highest poverty rate in the entire world, all of which happened under APC’s unfortunate stewardship.”
The governors consequently requested Mr President to review the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria in the national interest.
Speaking concerning social media regulation, the governors said it can only be done within the existing laws on the subject and should not be used as an attempt to punish or gag Nigerians from enjoying constitutionally guaranteed rights.
“Nigerian youths do not have adequate access to employment and a lot of Nigerians rely on Twitter for their livelihood, businesses, and self-employment,” the PDP governors added.Photo Credit: Getty
”If you don’t ask, you don’t get!” Many times, we don’t ask for help or a favor because we are afraid of appearing vulnerable or being turned down. We must force ourselves to be vocal when we need someone else’s input in our lives.
Legendary comic actor and producer, Babatunde Omidina, popularly known as Baba Suwe shares his experience with the NDLEA, describing how the brutal treatment he got from them has left him scarred and handicapped for life. The veteran actor who has been unwell for a while now and unable to walk no thanks to the brutal treatment and torture he was subjected to by the personnel of the National Drg Law Enforcement Agency.
In an exclusive chat with The PUNCH, the iconic actor said that he has been rendered crippled due to his experience in the hands of the NDLEA.
Baba Suwe said, “I have not forgotten about my issue with the NDLEA and I will never forget because I am still bearing the pains and suffering from that encounter. I am still affected by the inflictions they meted on me at that time.
“As I speak with you, I cannot walk with both my legs. Just to visit the toilet in my room, I have to be carried there. Even using the toilet is a problem as well.
“Although I travel abroad for medical check-up, my body is still not okay at all. As I said, I cannot walk to my toilet at all without assistance. This development began about a week or two ago. Before then, I hardly walk properly and anyone who sees me would know that I have difficulty walking.”
The veteran actor, while narrating his experience in the hands of the NDLEA personnel, said, “When I was in the custody of the NDLEA, they searched me, injected me, asked me to go to the toilet, but they never found any cocaine inside my system. I defecated there and they did not see anything.
“If my lawyer, Bamidele Aturu, was still alive, I will have got my compensation a long time ago because he is a good lawyer. He is also a compassionate person. The man was nice. When we were in court, he really tried. If he was alive, I would have been compensated.”
Baba Suwe further noted that the state of his health had affected his career. He said, “I have not been able to continue my work as an actor partly because of what I am currently going through. I cannot start work because I am not strong enough.
“I am grateful to one of my younger ones who I introduced to the business, Yomi Fabiyi, for always yielding my calls. He is my son; he stayed with me and learnt from me. Fabiyi is one of those that has promised to get me a means of transportation to aid my movement, especially if I have to be at a location.”
Baba Suwe got the sum of N3.1m as compensation for his demolished property.
Speaking on the development, Baba Suwe said, “I am very ill and was supposed to see the Governor yesterday, but I could not. We have not yet gone to collect the money the government promised us. It is until we go there and receive the money before I can believe that they have compensated me.
“I am supposed to be where we ought to collect the money today. I ought to take one of my cars there, but since I do not have anyone to drive me there, that is why I have not gone there yet.
“The amount the government wants to compensate me with cannot be compared to how much we spent on the property; ever! After the government is done, when we visit the site, we will be able to determine whether we will rebuild or not. “
Former Manchester United and Danish legendary goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has claimed that Danish players were forced back on the pitch to finish their match between Denmark and Finland on Saturday after their teammate Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed on the pitch during the game.
Peter Schmeichel who is the father of Leicester City and Denmark’s number 1, Kasper Schmeichel, made this claimed to ITV’s Good Morning Britain that the Danish players were left no choice and had to go back out and play even though they weren’t mentally fit to restart the match. READ ALSO: Eriksen May Never Play Football Professionally Again – Cardiologist
When asked if it was the players’ decision for the game to be restarted after Eriksen had been taken to hospital, he said, “Well that’s an interesting debate.
“I actually saw an official quote from UEFA yesterday saying that they were following the advice of the player, the players insisted on playing – I know that not to be the truth.
“Or, it’s how you see the truth. They were left with three options, one was to play immediately and get the last 50 minutes played.
“The next one was to come in yesterday at 12 noon and finish the 50 minutes and the third option was to forfeit the game 3-0.”
The Euro 2020 entered its fourth day with the game between the Czech Republic and Scotland the first game of the day, round the first round of matches from Group D. England versus Croatia was the first match of the group, with England winning its opening group game at the Euros since 1970s.
Just over an hour ago, the Czech Republic showed its superiority beating the third team from the British ales Scotland, quite comfortably with star striker from Bayern Leverkusen Patrick Shick scoring at the double. Though it must be said that Scotland put up a gallant fight but just fell short of the important talent that would’ve mattered
Yesterday 3 games were played, starting with England vs Croatia. The game ended 1 nil in favour of England with Raheem Sterling scoring the only goal.
While the game between Austria and Macedonia ended 3-1, in favour of Austria, winning its first game at an international competition. But the Macedonia legend and veteran Goran Pandev did score his side first goal at an international competition too.
The last game of the day was Netherland vs Ukraine it was a major chaotic and hugely entertaining match. The Oranges took the lead through former Liverpool man Gini Wijnaldum and his effort was doubled by Waghoust before the Ukrainians put up a gallant fightback drawing the game at 2-2. But wing-back Dumfries who has missed a couple of sitters earlier in the game had the final say for the Dutch side saving Patrick De Boer’s blushes as they won the game 3-2 through Patrick Dumfries header.
Today’s Fixtures from the Euro 2020;
Scotland 0 Vs Czech Republic 2
Poland Vs Slovakia 5:00 pm
Spain Vs Sweden 8:00 pm
The last game of the day between Spain and Sweden promises to be quite an interesting watch. Drop your prediction of who will win between Spain and Sweden, in the comment section and stand to win amazing prizes from our sponsors.
Nollywood star Susan Peters has taken to social media to cry out over the increasing price of food stuffs in the country. Over the last few weeks prices of goods have gone up ridiculously across the country and many citizens complain about the inability to afford them.
The actress in a post shared on her social media page explained that she both a small basket of smoked fish for N12,000 and questioned where the country was headed to with the poor state of the economy. The TV star shared that people will have to relocate from Nigeria at a point because survival in the country has become quite difficult and the masses cannot feed. Read also: Susan Peters Is An African Beauty In These Gorgeous Snaps
The Spokesperson of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Ajibola Bashiru slammed President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive on the reactivation of grazing routes as a mechanism to help curb farmers’ and herdsmen’s clash. The Senator said there’s no such thing as the grazing routes and grazing reserves law in the Federal constitution of the country.
Senator Ajibola Bashiru responded to the President’s directive during an interview with The PUNCH, statement noting that as a SAN he has never at any point seen a law of such in the constitution, he said the gazette the Nigerian leader was referring to was a product of a decree promulgated in northern Nigeria in the 1960s. READ ALSO: There Are No Grazing Routes In Bayelsa – Governor Diri To Buhari
Senator Ajibola then went further to say Nigerians should be worried and concerned over the type of legal advice he was getting from his attorney-general and his legal team, as he doubts seriously he is getting correct legal advice at all.
“Nigerians should be concerned over whether the Nigerian president is actually getting the correct legal advice from his attorney-general and the legal team.
“As far as I am concerned, as a legal practitioner, there is nothing like grazing routes or grazing reserve law, in the laws of the federation of Nigeria. There is nothing like that.
“There is no federal legislation that the president can implement over such matter. The executive powers of the president merely rely on the powers of the national assembly to make laws, when you look at Section 5 of the constitution.
“Any area where the national assembly cannot make laws, and there is no express grants of powers to the president under the constitution, a purported exercise of power by the president in that regard, will be null and void because it is inconsistent with the constitution by section 1(3) of the 1999 constitution.
“I am aware that there is a northern Nigerian law on reserve and grazing routes which was promulgated by a 1964 decree by the premier of the defunct northern Nigeria region.”
He added there is no way a decree for northern Nigeria will be implemented as federal law. Bashiru added;
“It is not a federal law unless the legal adviser to Mr President is equating a northern Nigeria law, which is not applicable in the west, mid-west, and eastern region or in anywhere in the southern part of Nigeria, to be a federal or a Nigerian law.
“The president does not have the power to implement that law because it is not a federal law. He can only implement federal legislation made by the national assembly or deemed to have been made by the national assembly.
“The grazing routes law is not a national assembly law, so there is nothing for the president to implement. It is regrettable that the president has not been properly advised by his attorney-general and the legal team.”
Jack Dorsey has raised brows after tweeting the Nigerian flag again, this time, for no known reason.
The Twitter CEO, whose social media app was banned by the Nigerian government, first tweeted the Nigerian flag at exactly 12am West African Time (WAT) on the day Nigeria was marking Democracy day, June 12.
Then, at 12am WAT on June 14, he tweeted the Nigerian flag again and this made Nigerians begin questioning his motive.
Below are some comments after he tweeted the Nigerian flag again today.
China has accused the G7 of “political manipulation” after it criticised Beijing over a range of issues.
In a joint statement at the end of a three-day summit, leaders of the G7 countries made up of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US, urged China to “respect human rights and fundamental freedoms” while also highlighting abuses against the Uyghur Muslim minority group and the crackdown on Hong Kong pro-democracy activists.
China has detained as many as a million Uyghurs and other Muslims and imprisoned hundreds of thousands more in its crackdown in Xinjiang, which began in 2017. There have been widespread reports of physical and psychological torture inside prisons and detention camps in the region. China denies the allegations.
Reacting, China’s embassy in the UK accused the G7 of “baseless accusations”
“Stop slandering China, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs, and stop harming China’s interests,” a Chinese spokesman said on Monday, June 14.
The Chinese embassy in the UK opposed the the mentions of Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan, saying it distorted the facts and exposed the “sinister intentions of a few countries such as the United States”.
The G7 also called for Hong Kong to retain “a high degree of autonomy”, underscored the “importance of peace and stability” across the Taiwan Strait – a heavily-policed waterway that separates China and Taiwan – and demanded a new investigation in China into the origins of Covid-19.
US President Joe Biden said he was “satisfied” with the statement’s language on China.
Busi Mkhumbuzi Pooe is a South African social entrepreneur.
Busi Mkhumbuzi Pooe gained the attention of the world in 2018 when she took centre stage as programme director of the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture delivered by President Barack Obama.
An activist in her maiden days, Pooe once organised a protest through the streets of Johannesburg with girls wearing miniskirts made of recycled materials, speaking truth to power.
It is this activist in her she continues to pursue even in her entrepreneurship journey. in 2019, she famously shared the stage with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, former US president Barack Obama, former South African first lady Graça Machel and South African entrepreneur Patrice Motsepe at the 16th annual Nelson Mandela Lecture hosted in Johannesburg.
The likes of businessman Richard Branson, former UN Secretary-Generals Ban Ki-moon and Kofi Annan were seated among the 15,000 in the stadium as Pooe hosted the event, inspiring thousands.
She is currently the co-founder of Tshimong, a social enterprise providing both the public and the private sector with services such as debating, public-speaking and leadership training programs in line with various social responsibility objectives.
Pooe is passionate about the youth, and together with her co-founder, have partnered with a number of organizations to empower 3,000 youth in the last two years.
They plan to create an academy and curriculum specializing in debate-training for South African youth. Using her voice as a tool and her entrepreneurship as her journey, she is well on her way to influencing more youth as a global activist.
“Debating is a powerful, but unrecognized tool, that is uniquely suited to prepare any child for the world that does not exist yet,” she says.
As Co-Founder and CEO of Tshimong, she has been recognised by Forbes Africa 30 Under 30, Africa Youth Awards 100 Most Influential Young Africans, Standard Bank Top Women Awards, Startup State of the Nation Address Awards, and Inside Education.
Controversial Nollywood actress and popular philanthropist Tonto Dikehjust seem to not be able to stay off the headlines as her recent looks in a video of her birthday celebration spark pregnancy speculations.
She wrote: MY GRATITUDE GOES TO THE SENATOR OF THE FEDERATION & FORMER GOVERNOR OF IMO STATE, SENATOR ROCHAS OKOROCHA …. Thank you for showing me that fatherly love and always being there anytime i need you… May the almighty bless your large heart.
In the video the former Imo State governor Rochas Okorocha attended the event, he was the chairman of the occasion. He spoke so highly of the actress along with his son-in-law and former Imo State governorship candidate Uche Nwosu. The former Chief Of Staff of Imo State Uche Nwosu spoke quite glowingly of the actress, especially her philanthropist works.